Two incidents of armed piracy against sail boats north of Trinidad have been reported within the last 10 days. The attacks took place in daylight and involved 5 or 6 pirates aboard 18ft narrow fishing boats, with powerful engines and barrels of fuel supplies.
The sailing vessels targeted were searched for valuables; with multiple items stolen including mobile phones, watches, computers and passports. However we are very pleased to note that there was no injury or loss of life.
John franklin issued the warning to vessels between Trinidad, Tobago and Grenada and has advised:
‘The OCC Port Officer in Trinidad, Jesse James, is heavily involved with the Trinidad and Tobago Government, the Coast Guard, the Yacht Service Association of Trinidad and Tobago (YSATT), the Ministry of Tourism and other bodies to combat this threat.
I am making representations to the Government of Trinidad and Tobago on behalf of the OCC and the cruising community at large. OCC Roving Rear Commodore John Lytle has also been advising on this dangerous situation unfolding as the year comes to a close. The OCC is doing everything possible to combat this new threat together with the Trinidadian authorities.’
If you are in the area currently please consult the YSATT report which contains Coast Guard advice on communications and passage planning and can be found on the OCC Forum here.